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    WAOW... thank you very much both Seagull and Sterkoder, without you two, this thread would have been as dead as a cod at the end of slaughter.

    I'm back - as you all may understand. I returned to Norway mid-December and headed straight to work on the ferry. On January 1st in the evening, my shift had been completed.

    It's been really stressful this past three weeks after returning home - two jobs and working day-an-night. In addition, some other things had to be taken care of as well.

    Life is not supposed to be easy for anyone: that would make us lazy. We need up's and down's in life to find the perfect balance and to be able to fight for what we believe and for what we need and want.

    Thank you all for the greetings!
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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      This will be my 49.900th post on CaptainsVoyage Forum, fast closing up on 50.000 posts....

      How far should I go - how many should I make.... what will the future hold for all of us?

      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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        I'm always one who tends to notice these 'sgnificant' number moments, sometimes pointing them out and congratulating the poster. But, rather like birthdays, it really is only 'just a number'.

        A future course is steered from the present moment - as in your wise words in your Captain's Greetings for the New Year, “this is the first day in the rest of your life”.

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        • Seagull
          Seagull commented
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          "just a number" ...but I can't resist commenting on what I just realised after reading and replying to your travel blog this morning, 24th January :-

          One heart, two countries, 20000 views

        Good morning Captain ... last night's19948 here ...hoping you had a better night with some much-needed sleep.
        Just a thought... do you normally have a tendency to sleep on one particular side? I remember how my dad could hardly move once just from sleeping awkwardly on his arm. I presume you hadn't been doing anything extreme earlier, like overdoing things at the gym or some repetitve thing that you could attribute it to? But if no obvious explanation I think you must try the doctors again and soon - you need those "good answers" before your next work shift.
        Last edited by Seagull; January 19th, 2018, 11:28.

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          Thank you so much for visiting this thread and for visiting my bLOG too.

          No, I haven't really done anything out of the ordinary the last two-three weeks, other than starting on a very strict diet. Went to doctor again yesterday, tried doing an EKG but their equipment failed to work. The pain is very much still there, with no sign of subsiding. Apparently, the doctor thinks it's an inflammation of the muscles and if so, it can apparently last for a short or long time. I hope it's going to pass soon because it affects my day, my sleep and my work (had an extra shift today).

          Thankfully, Paracet takes care of the pain for a short moment.

          Let's hope and pray it's soon over!
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          • Seagull
            Seagull commented
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            I dearly pray so. I am hoping too that the doctor will follow up on what's happening. Without the direct cause of an obvious injury, it seems so strange to me that you should get inflammation. That can happen when the immune system over-reacts and attacks the body, but surely not in your case with your weak immune system a legacy from the dengue fever? Make sure that the doctor is thinking, (and prescribing even 'familiar-everyday' painkillers), in full awareness of your medications and previous history.

          • Tommi
            Tommi commented
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            That sounds like a bit too unconfortable situation to remain in. I hope that it soon will get better.

          Blog comment to:
          bLOG update Jan-20 "Crystal Endeavor"

          I think this was an essential development for Crystal Cruises. It seems like company after company, especially at the upper end of the cruise market, have or are building ships specifically for Expedition Cruising.

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          • pakarang
            pakarang commented
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            Totally agree with you there - for the survival of Crystal Cruises and to maintain their position as the best cruiseline out there, this move towards new buildings and new areas of operation was essential. Additionally, the Crystal Symphony is quickly nearing 30 years in service, and still looking amazingly well kept.

          Comment on Travel Blog update of 2018-Jan-21: “That moment”

          I have always loved travelling too, and had got to grips with those travel-related 'financial planning skills' you mention right from my very first pay packet! I'm not convinced that I've ever had a 'comfort zone', or ever totally appreciated 'that returning home feeling', but there is so much else that resonates with me in what you’ve written.
          But of course differences between us result in some differences especially in our solo travelling style.. The fact that I never learned to drive for example. And that my brain is simply not wired up to learning languages.

          Something that occurs to me that you didn't mention was how your career at sea relates to your love of travel. What came first? ...a personality with an urge to travel leading you to become a seaman? Or did being a seaman foster a lifelong urge to travel? ...and now with work the width of the fjord, the urge to travel also manifesting itself in other ways.

          Great collection of images to accompany this update. Love that Captain anticipating his priority boarding ...and loved his smile at the other end!

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          • pakarang
            pakarang commented
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            Ahaaa.... that was a very interesting perspective I hadn't thought about --- at all. Perhaps my increased love for travel is a direct result of being constrained at the fjord on a short ferry service?

            What came first.... ? I think the love for cruiseships came before the love of travel, even though I always had big dreams about the places these ships came from and were sailing to. I think the seaman's life came first --- but closely nestled in dreams of going to exotic places.

          Comment on Travel Blog update of 2018-Jan-23: “OMG – Patong Beach”

          Short answer is "no".
          But although I haven't been to Patong Beach, I wasn't very far away when I spent an indulgent couple of days at Paresa resort perched on the cliff of a nearby hillside, and to get there an airport transfer which drove me alongside Kamala Beach.

          Sadly my timescale of travel to Thailand is too short to have made return visits to places which might have experienced changes - perhaps Paresa may no longer seem so splendidly secluded as it did. It is only Bangkok that I've passed through repeatedly, and every single time I see differences and a relentless pace of change.

          How evocative the descriptions of your memories are! I feel I can taste the moo ping from that cart, and the beach restaurant reminds me of a similar family place all on its own which I frequented ...makes me want to return to see if that kind family are still there at what had become the end of the road at Pakarang Cape.

          The thing I know I wouldn't like about Patong Beach if I went there would be predominently tourist - farang - crowds. So to make me feel better I've just had to rewatch once again a video of yours,
          Tthat essence of Thailand in the absolutely miniature-masterpiece that is "Cha Am":
          https://vimeo.com/110076940

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          • pakarang
            pakarang commented
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            Ahhh... how wonderful to see that film from Cha Am again. Stirs up good old memories of a great time, with great people. I love those friends from the bottom of my heart and each time back, it's so wonderful catching up with all of them.

            Yes, I have often wondered what happened to those early friendships I made while Phuket was my home... most of these friendships were made long before social media, e-mail and mobile phones.... back then, it was really hard staying in touch. In most cases, after a while, we simply lost contact and lost track of each other.

            I agree with you on the faring crowd - I tend to stay away from foreigners whilst in Thailand. Hence heading out to the rural areas far away from 4G cell phone signal and Internet reception. That is where the true Thailand can be found, at least in my own humble opinion.

          Comment on Blog update of 2018-Feb-2: Padmavaat

          Well it is of course too soon for me to be replying to this blog update as I've yet to see this film. But, as I've mentioned before, you've never disappointed me with film recommendations. (Although I frequently checked your 'My Cinema' page, I guess feedback got lost during the various issues with Comments software.)

          So yes, Padmavaat has now been added to my 'want to see' list.
          I am restricted in getting out when I'd like at the moment and soon hopefully away on travels, but am sure I'll be able to get to this film later on. I'm very fortunate that in Edinburgh there are two or three cinemas that regularly show foreign language films (and there is also an International Film Festival annually). The big multiplexes are all here too at various locations around the city, and I already see this film on their listings - a couple of these cinemas are not only convenient for me to get too (and obviously visiting the one at Ocean Terminal may be combined with other pursuits!) but are also usually good at including some 3D screenings.

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          • pakarang
            pakarang commented
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            As you know, I had to go see Padmavaat (formerly known as Padmavati) one more time... sadly, this was the 2D version only.

            3D would be far better, but the story is so good. Second time around, I actually got to understand a few more of the pets and twists...

          Captain is also on the move again after having been in the same city for almost 2 months.... phew, that was really hard!

          http://www.captainsvoyage.com/its-a-...-each-day.html

          Would love to hear about YOUR resolutions for 2018, and how you intend to try keeping them...
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          • Tommi
            Tommi commented
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            Every now and then I find myself in some co-incidents.
            I just digitized my paper photos and VHS tapes.
            Been walking a lot during last week, but also unfortunately eating a lot... :-) Well, seems that I need to walk some more then...

          Thanks for your visit, Tommi.

          With this exact post - I would like to announce to myself that I have now contributed a whopping 50.000 times at this forum!

          50.000 posts!

          Pretty large achievement I think, so now, if it hadn't been for the calories, I would have celebrated this post with a cake. Of all the 50.000 posts, I hope that at least a few of them was useful to someone!
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          • Tommi
            Tommi commented
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            50 000 is truly an impressive amount of text.
            I'm sure that we all feel that the most of the posts have been useful indeed. When do we see the 100 000 post?

          My Scandinavian business class flight to Hong Kong:

          http://www.captainsvoyage.com/travel...ess-class.html
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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            Juuuuuuuuust in case you'd like to read about my welcome back to Hong Kong:

            http://www.captainsvoyage.com/travel...ts-a-warm.html
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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